Indian Government Reviewing the Use of BlackBerrys in Public Sector

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Manmohan Singh

The Indian Government has recently been the victim of attempts by Chinese state-backed hackers to retrieve classified information from government officials, pushing their security agencies to rethink mobile policies. With BlackBerry being the device of choice for the public sector, it’s important that governments can trust the platform to protect their data in light of recent major cyber attacks.

In India, as well as many countries, officers at the Prime Minister’s Office and other ministries like Defence, Home and External Affairs have linked their official email addresses to their BlackBerry devices. When news of this spread, a senior officer from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), wishing anonymity, called it a big security goof-up. “There is a secure Internet network for ministers and officials working in sensitive departments. But it’s difficult to put up similar security parameters in BlackBerry and other such devices like VoIP,” he said.

Meanwhile, sources also revealed intelligence agencies have asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Department of Telecom (DoT) to review the situation and prescribe stricter security measures.

  • http://seriousmobile.wordpress.com/ Donovan

    Maybe they should implement tighter IT Policy’s than allowing:
    3rd party App Installation.
    no longer than 30second device & screen timeout lockout.
    no BIS integrated email addresses.
    implement 20-30day new encryption keys, and restrict which country’s are allowed to roam in.
    intranet site browsing ONLY!
    etc.

  • http://seriousmobile.wordpress.com Donovan

    Maybe they should implement tighter IT Policy’s than allowing:
    3rd party App Installation.
    no longer than 30second device & screen timeout lockout.
    no BIS integrated email addresses.
    implement 20-30day new encryption keys, and restrict which country’s are allowed to roam in.
    intranet site browsing ONLY!
    etc.